Abstract: 

Indigenous traditions face a unique challenge of preserving their cultural artifacts while modernizing and being integrated into the global ecosystem. Traditionalists often find themselves at the crossroads of preserving cultural knowledge systems, which are not always supported by the scientific injunctions, or hopping off the trajectory of their cultural evolutionary path and subscribing to the western models of modernity. This presents a deep dilemma for the traditionalists who find themselves conflicted and intertwined with multiple local and global systems. In recent decades, a new narrative and worldview have been emerging with a promise to integrate and resolve this conflict. This integral paradigm is a transdisciplinary approach to understanding, curating and unifying multiple perspectives, knowledge systems and worldviews. However, the integral framework has its lineage in the Western Enlightenment and borrows a series of ontological and epistemological bearings from various wisdom traditions. We must, therefore, approach integral applications with great care and caution. With a light touch. We need a praxis where not only theory informs the practice but also practice informs the theory. Such a participatory approach is an interpenetrative interaction between the integral framework and the indigenous knowledge systems. This allows the rebuilding of cultural roots and mapping modernity that enables the tradition its sustenance and a right to their distinct developmental trajectory.